You should see what they did to my namesake group, the hutterites, in a similar
series. It was interesting, but did not represent them at all. I should imagine
the amish will get the same from this outfit. Nonetheless, this isn't a
chance for religion to play victim. They are examing groups that set themselves
apart from society, and almost invariably they are doing so because they're
religious. Reality is distorted on these shows, not just religion.
This show should upset anyone with religious values. Why would we want to watch
someone leave a great value system to paRty, drink, and other dumb things.
Let me get this straight - The Media is trying to give us a glimpse into a
religion few of us know about by highlighting individuals who have left it and
reject it?Where have I seen this before?Too many times
to mention.The answer is, do not watch it, and encourage your
friends to not watch it. The goal is to make money, not to be forthcoming or
objective about a religious group. So if we don't watch, they
sell no soap, the show gets canceled.
The primary purpose of entertainment channels is making money by entertaining,
however misrepresentative. Making money is the end game. It is not to tell the
truth or be sensitive and respectful to others, much less "learning."
Crass is the word that comes to mind. Add to this their innate bias against
religious values and the results are predictable.
It would seem that the best way to learn about these religions/groups would be
to first, speak to the leaders, explain that we'd like to learn, and get
permission for an entity like PBS (think Ken Burns) to "infiltrate" and,
with some guidance and unobtrusive low-tech gadgets, be a little creative in
learning how the society really lives. It may take longer. It may be more work.
It will not be a spectator sport. And it will teach something. But if learning
is the goal, isn't that all right? If what is wanted is what makes peoople
want to leave, they can do that, too, but in a more erudite manner, as befits
the educational aspect. It would not be easy to leave one's life and
training, so why make it more difficult for the amusement of others? These
people are not zoo animals--who, by the way, could also be treated better.